Or so says this iVillage artcile: http://slideshow.ivillage.com/home/junk_is_beautiful/post_570.html
Have you tried anything like these projects? Or something similar? Please share!
I have never done what is described in the article --- my house isn't really set up for "shabby chic".
But we have "recycled" carved wooden Chinese window screens as wall art and used Persian carpets as head boards... Definitley NOT junk, though, and no alteration (other than supplied some sort of hanging mechanism) has been done.
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I love the look but DH doesn't.
Not my style.
As a student in my first non-furnished apartment, yes. My then BF was very good at that. More recently in Florence, temporary flatmate J couldn't resist picking up stuff left on the pavement or in secondhand stores. I have to say that he did get us some badly needed dining chairs that were still in good condition!
Otherwise, it was refurbishing or transforming things - an old wooden rice pounder (became a coffee table), pieces of carved wood (made into mirrors), old wood became book shelves and a couple of huge (and heavy!) tea trays, etc but the look isn't shabby chic. It's more tropical colonial than anything else.
We have taken old beat up chairs and redone the cushion. Also, we used an old beat up bed frame (the whole frame including a headboard) and put it outside and planted flowers in it. It was our "flower bed." : )
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